8.11.2016

Sleeping Beauty

by Paul Crenshaw

A post in our Milestones series from past contributor Paul Crenshaw. When my daughters watched Disney I always wondered how long Sleeping Beauty slept. How many days did those inside the castle worry, dry-washing their hands, before going on with their lives? Did they mark milestones, like how high… Read more »

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8.10.2016

Grace

by Gregory Wolos

A post in our Milestones series from past contributor Gregory Wolos. Also see Tweetsie Railroad and An Evening with Willie Freeze.   Back in the 80s, Raymond Carver, whose work I long admired, read from his work to a rapt audience in the theater of the local university. Carver… Read more »

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8.8.2016

Cliff Dives and Fearful Hammerheads: On Turning Twenty

by Michelle Donahue

A post in our Milestones series from past contributor Michelle Donahue. There’s something momentous about turning twenty, about that young thrill of abandoning teenage-dom and adventuring into adulthood. The last day I was a teenager, felt like a day where I could reimagine and revise myself into an adult.… Read more »

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8.7.2016

The Empty Nest, or Sending My Stepson Off to School

by Cal Freeman

A post in our Milestones series from past contributor Cal Freeman. “We saw the risk we took in doing good, But dared not spare to do the best we could Though harm should come of it…”           - Robert Frost, from “The Exposed Nest” Late last summer my wife… Read more »

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8.6.2016

My Novel, and Tugboats

by Rachel Lyon

A post in our Milestones series from past contributor Rachel Lyon. As a child I could stand at the window for hours, watching the tugboats on the East River: small, squat, and strong. Pushing or pulling barges ten times their size, loaded with tons of freight: scrap metal, coal,… Read more »

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8.4.2016

The Drunk In the Park Is In

by Paul Hostovsky

A post in our Milestones series from past contributor Paul Hostovsky.   In April, National Poetry Month, I celebrated 25 years of continuous sobriety. A thing of beauty is a joy forever. A drunk is an unlovely creature. I used to work as apprentice of sorts to the wino… Read more »

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8.2.2016

How Alan Dugan Made Us Afraid: Rite of Passage Back to the Playground

by Matthew Lippman

A post in our Milestones series from past contributor Matthew Lippman.   How do we fix poetry? How do we alter the sentiment? How do we take the poem and make it loved, not by other poets, but for the everyday boy and girl, man and woman? It’s been… Read more »

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7.18.2016

Marking a Milestone

by Jennifer Lee

            My forty-ninth birthday is coming up, one shy of the big half century mark. It falls on the second day of the school year, and instead of going out for a fancy dinner I will be telling parents about the middle school math curriculum, because my birthday happens… Read more »

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7.18.2016

Milestones

by Barbara Westwood Diehl

Let me get a little sentimental here. For just a couple of minutes. I promise. The Baltimore Review is now celebrating 20 years of publishing and, yes, this really is a very big deal for me. In the coming months, expect us to celebrate in as many ways as… Read more »

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5.27.2016

The Unruly Discipline

by Fredric Sinclair

It starts with solitude. And doing nothing. In bed before sleep. Daydreaming at work. Sitting on the subway. That’s when writing begins, when solitude is more madhouse than meditation. I honestly don’t know exactly how ideas form out of the maelstrom of moods, intimations, abstractions, hormonal distractions. The barest… Read more »

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